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Vietnam

Discussion in 'Appraisal Gallery' started by intruder2000, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. intruder2000

    intruder2000 Well-Known Member

    I spent three weeks over the Christmas holiday travelling Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi it was a fascinating trip . Im still working through my photos but i would be intrested to hear what you think of this shot . I mostly do landscape but there was some really intresting people in Vietnam and as i like to travel as much as i can travel / people shots is something i would like to improve on and get more confident with . The biggest problem i found travelling Vietnam was pointing a camera at someone or situation and isolating a subject before the moment was lost .


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    Thanks for looking

    Lee
     
  2. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    It is a nicely composed record and fits the "travel" category in most things, but it is observation from a distance, not "real" Vietnam. I have to admit I spent 10 days there last year and also only got record shots, so they are all now in an editorial library. I did much better in India, I don't know why. Let's see more of what you got.
     
  3. intruder2000

    intruder2000 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Mike . I wonder I don't know about yourself and I have never been to India its on the list but I never felt totally comfortable having the camera out in Vietnam its hard to explain as I couldn't say I ever felt unsafe . Did you get to witness the crazy traffic it should be a sport crossing the roads . Heres a couple more shots from my trip as I have said its a form of photography im not very comfortable with but i want to improve as I love to travel .

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    Right I hope that's not too many I may have got carried away these are just the photos I have recently processed .
     
  4. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Yes they are very nice and capture the place well. I think you'll make a great Travel photographer. Check out Jamie (demonboy) who improved his travel work a lot through these pages in order to be able to blog better as he flits on his boat around the planet. He has been a great India specialist.
    I didn't do a lot of people in Vietnam because the library I shoot for when I feel like it doesn't like too many of them. Should stop doing that stuff and stick to showing life as it is, not just brick buildings and streets.
    I didn't find the people as camera shy as say in Arab countries, but they also weren't great posers like they can be in India and others.
     
  5. Ednewbie

    Ednewbie Well-Known Member

    I enjoyed looking through your photos and would happily sit down and listen to a talk about what is going on in each photo. My favourite of your group - just for its simplicity - is the fisherman.
     
  6. intruder2000

    intruder2000 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Mike . I had a look at Jamies website theres some great stuff on there , it would certainly be the dream to travel like he is . I must admit I didn't do nearly as much people shots as I would have liked possibly due to confidence and the situation which was a shame as there seemed to be opptunities everywhere . I tend to find myself taking shots of buildings , streets the general scene if you like when I travel but I really enjoyed trying to capture the people although its out of my comfort zone and I have lots to learn .
     
  7. intruder2000

    intruder2000 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Ednewbie there always seemed to be something going on in Vietnam glad you liked the lone fisherman its proberly one of my favorites .
     
  8. henniehendrik

    henniehendrik Well-Known Member

    lovely set ..the person doing washing on the steps and the pole fisherman are stand outs for me..nice.
    I too feel very self conscious doing this stuff.
     
  9. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    I know the feeling. Travel pictures of places without people are fairly pointless. BTW on your traffic point, only way I could get about in Saigon / HCMC was with help of the tourist police who are great, but it still takes courage to walk into the traffic the way they do. But the theory I was taught was you walk straight and even paced and let them miss you. Never try to miss them and don't look for a gap, there isn't one.
     
  10. intruder2000

    intruder2000 Well-Known Member

    Thanks henniehendrik. The guy is actually washing his dog by the river. They seemed to use the river for everything I saw someone washing, someone doing there washing, someone washing food and also someone collecting food in this river
     
  11. intruder2000

    intruder2000 Well-Known Member

    Mike crossing the roads was certainly a eye opener. Our first crossing in Ho Chi Minh City was quite funny looking back as we honestly didn't have a clue and I think we ended up rerouting. However by the end of the trip we had the hang of it just like you describe it looks crazy but it works. In fact at one point at a busy roundabout I just walked out to the middle to get a shot I wanted to the amusement of some fellow tourists .
     
  12. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    We should say for the uninitiated that there is the highest density of mopeds and motorbikes in HCMC of anywhere in the world. Over 2m on the roads at any time. They move round anything crossing their path like those clouds of starlings flocking and it is impossible for them to stop except at traffic lights, where on normal roads 200-400 might gather by the time they change and at the large avenues, maybe 1000. Cars just drive straight through and somehow the bikes choose a line one side or the other and miss them.
     
  13. southonline

    southonline Well-Known Member

    great street photos I loved looking at them and yes you clearly have a good eye for natural street / travel photos

    its something I'd like to try but I just feel very uncomfortable about pointing my camera towards strangers, but you don't have that problem .... looking forward to seeing more
     
  14. lfc1892

    lfc1892 Well-Known Member

    Nice set there.
     
  15. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    Very nice set of shots there. I too like the man washing his dog in the river but also the boys playing badminton. I wish I had the freedom/money to travel and improve my photography at the same time but would happily while away time looking at your shots in the meantime!
     
  16. intruder2000

    intruder2000 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the comments everyone I must admit im a bit surprised by the positive comments as these sort of shots are not what I normally do . Southonline I would never say im comfortable pointing my camera at strangers I missed so many shots during the trip because I wasent confident enough to point the camera but I hope to improve so if I can do it im sure anyone can . It did seem to get a bit easier the more shots I took . Geren glad you liked the boys playing badminton it was so random it was taken down a main street with just official looking buildings the scene really didn't fit
     
  17. PhilW

    PhilW Well-Known Member

    Very nice set :)
     
  18. southonline

    southonline Well-Known Member

    Its not as easy as it looks - I went to the port yesterday to get some photos of the boats coming in and sorting the catch out. I was late to start with so not a good start but pointing the camera at guys sorting the catch was really hard going and I didn't feel comfortable, but as you say you have to work at it and next weekend I'll set the clock earlier ... I may show here , depends ...I did get one photo, some guy fixing the net but I hid behind a box to take it ...cheating ??
     
  19. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    What I did when I was taking it a bit more seriously than today was use the smallest camera I could. In olden days that meant an OM1 / 2 pair, with only small prime lenses, which I could just about hide in my hands. The Alfama set on flickr was mostly done with them. Just forget megapixels and sensor size if you are doing street. You don't need pro gear in fact it can hold you back. I just had 50 shots of Turkey accepted by a top editorial library with a Fuji x10 compact and did my Bloomsbury set with that (although people are incidental in most shots). Mostly if you use something that looks quite amateur, you just get ignored.
     
  20. Myopic George

    Myopic George Well-Known Member

    Thanks to everyone above and to AP Forums. This is why I come here. Great thread! Love the set.
     

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